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Thread: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

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    Unhappy Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    I Just got the Advent 5421 today and I have been trying ALL DAY to install Ubuntu or infact any Linux distro.
    I have tried around five different distros and NONE of them will install and I can't figure out why as they have installed fine on other laptops.
    Basically I try and boot from the 'Live CD's' and then they all get to the step where the Linux Kernel has loaded 100% and then it completely stalls and the disc stops spinning......
    Can anybody help me try and get this resolved.
    I don't know if I need to somehow load 'grub' into the MBR and if so HOW?
    Or does it perhaps need a bios update.
    I am not a whizz on computers but I desperately need some help with this?
    Many thnks
    Garry

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistique1 View Post
    I[...]
    Basically I try and boot from the 'Live CD's' and then they all get to the step where the Linux Kernel has loaded 100% and then it [...]
    Hi Garry,

    did you try with a non-live distro? perhaps ubuntu-alternate ?

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    Exclamation Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    If you have new hardware on your computer it will normally get support in one of the next Linux kernels. There is a new kernel every 3 month

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    Hi, all of the distros I have used have been LIVE CD's including the Ubuntu one.
    Also, when you say that there is a new Linux kernel every so often what does this mean and how do I get the distro to boot properly and install.
    I get the option to 'install witout making any changes' and then as soon as the splash screen comes on it stops......

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    when booting a livecd.....remove the splash line from the boot command in order to see kernel logs..

    write here the last line it pops before freezing. might give a clue on what needs to be done in order to have a working system..

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    How do I remove the splash line from the boot command?
    Many Thanks
    Garry

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistique1 View Post
    How do I remove the splash line from the boot command?
    Many Thanks
    Garry
    dont remember exactly, but read the screen, scan for "edit boot options" or something similar.....if you happen to have the same problem i have you will have a hard time getting the system to boot linux

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistique1 View Post
    How do I remove the splash line from the boot command?
    Many Thanks
    Garry
    select the line you want to boot
    press "e" to edit the line
    press "b" to boot

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    What are your system specs?

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    The alternate install allows you to do a text based custom install and usually runs on most systems

    http://releases.ubuntu.com/8.10/

    Make sure to select the correct version for your pc.

    If that does not work, use the the live cd to run gparted to pre-format your hard drive as ext3. Then try the install again.
    I'm not afraid of storms, for I sail my own ship

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    Re: Unable to install Ubuntu or ANY Linux :-(((

    Thanks for that buddy will give it a go now-

    Here are the sys specs -

    Processor(s)
    Number of processors 1
    Number of cores 2 per processor
    Number of threads 2 per processor
    Name Intel Celeron
    Code Name
    Specification Genuine Intel(R) CPU T1500 @ 1.86GHz
    Package Socket P (478)
    Family/Model/Stepping 6.F.D
    Extended Family/Model 6.F
    Core Stepping M0
    Technology 65 nm
    Core Speed 1867.1 MHz
    Multiplier x Bus speed 14.0 x 133.4 MHz
    Rated Bus speed 533.4 MHz
    Stock frequency 1866 MHz
    Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, EM64T
    L1 Data cache (per processor) 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    L1 Instruction cache (per processor) 2 x 32 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    L2 cache (per processor) 512 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    Chipset & Memory
    Northbridge SiS 672 rev. 00
    Southbridge SiS 968 rev. 01
    Graphic Interface AGP
    AGP Revision 3.0
    AGP Transfer Rate 8x
    AGP Side Band Addressing supported, enabled
    Memory Type DDR2
    Memory Size 1024 MBytes
    Memory Frequency 333.4 MHz (4:10)
    CAS# Latency (tCL) 5.0 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# (tRCD) 5 clocks
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5 clocks
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 15 clocks
    System
    System Manufacturer DIXONSXP
    System Name DIXONSXP
    System S/N 12345678901234567
    Mainboard Vendor DIXONSXP
    Mainboard Model N/A
    BIOS Vendor OEM
    BIOS Version 1.13
    BIOS Date 07/04/2008
    Memory SPD
    Module 1 DDR2, PC2-5300 (333 MHz), 1024 MBytes, A-Data Technology
    Software
    Windows Version Microsoft Windows Vista (6.0) Home Basic Edition Service Pack 1 (Build 6001)
    DirectX Version 10.0

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